Urban Television

  • in Television, The Ugandan Reader

    Queen of Katwe and Uganda as a new film destination

    Most of Queen of Katwe (QoK), Uganda’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was shot in South Africa. The movie will delight Ugandans who know the story of Phiona Mutesi quite well. She is the girl from Katwe. This is one of the largest of the 67 slums in the capital Kampala. Against some serious odds Mutesi made a...
  • in Politics, Television

    Will the ICC appeal to Africa’s next generation of leaders?

    I was recently in conversation with two friends. Online of course. Both are lawyers under 33 with promising careers in public service. One in fact plans to run for president one day. Despite the fact that their education and early careers have been within the donor funded civil society in Uganda both support the position...
  • in Politics, Television

    Ugandan foreign policy in the wake of Somalia

    Wrote this about a week ago ( it never went to publication) Uganda is not withdrawing from Somalia. At least not anytime soon. It is also unlikely to officially end its mission in Central Africa Republic. Rather the last I heard Ugandan peacekeeping is expanding both within the Great Lakes Region, and if one would...
  • in Television, The Ugandan Reader

    Urban Television on DSTV finally. Lessons learned.

    DSTV Uganda’s swanky offices in Kololo are a powerful statement of where the money ends up in the television business. As a content carrier the business relies almost entirely on other providers for its survival. However with its successful subscription business DSTV makes most of the money. It is part of a small cluster of...
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    Response to Buwembo ” Why non-Baganda love the Kabaka”

    A more convincing answer to Joachim Buwembo’s argument “ why many non-Baganda love the Kabaka more today”, is language. Luganda is a de facto national language and I think explains the cultural penetration of all things Buganda including the favourable interpretation of the Kabaka of Buganda as depicted by Buwembo (see his blog post here)....
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    A run for fistula. crisis of cancer

    Thank you if you are running for charity this week. As the Baganda say Obulaamu bwe Bugaga or true wealth is found in being healthy. The Kabaka birthday run is to increase awareness on obstetric fistula and raise funds for Kitovu Hospital, one of the centres that treat the condition. The answer to fistula is...
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    The West’s man in Africa: Partner for life

    Heavily armed members of Uganda’s elite anti-terrorism police stand guard along the neatly manicured perimeter of the US Embassy in Kampala. Occasionally they shout commands and point their guns. For security reasons you are not allowed to stop or park a car within a certain radius of the US Embassy on plot 1577 Ggaba Road,...
  • in Politics, Television, The Ugandan Reader

    Uganda in South Sudan: Rational military power or selfish meddling? A debate

    The Kampala authorities went into a state of shock when Gen. John Garang De Mabior died. His chopper, an aircraft loaned to him by the Ugandan president, fell out of the sky and burnt to ashes. There had been signs of trouble brewing.  It was telling that De Mabior, a national figure in Sudan, its...
  • in Television, The Ugandan Reader

    The passing of Bingu Wa Mutharika and Malawi’s African tragedy

    ast night, on the Hot Seat, a radio program on which I am a panelist and often play, the devil’s advocate, we hosted a man of the cloth; Bishop Zak Niringiye. He came ten minutes late having to negotiate the dense Kampala traffic made worse by the latest large conference the city has hosted. For...
  • in Politics, Television, The Ugandan Reader

    Fire side chat with Professor Ali Mazrui on Idi Amin and his pals.

    Angelo Izama [AI] – One would say that there was an intellectual rigor in the 60’s that has vaporized lately-in Ugandan society and Makerere- do you agree? Ali Mazrui- It is true that there was a lot of intellectual engagement in the 60’s. People were interested in ideas, in comments about current events, in oratory...
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